Virtual Programs for Toddlers, Young Children, and Families

Ms. Christa plays the Sleeping Game with children on Zoom.

All of our virtual programs for toddlers, young children, and their families will continue through June 2020.

  • Virtual Story Hour: Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am. Our dynamic mother/daughter duo, Louise Costello (Ms. Louise) and Christa Shook (Ms. Christa) are leading our weekday story hours with book readings, games that can be played at home, and crafts that can be done with simple materials found in many homes. Click here to register.

 

  • Virtual Movement & Music: Tuesdays, 10-11am. Master educator, musician, and songstress Abby Lappen leads toddlers and their families in songs and movement activities. And, in this time of new normal, we thank the Claverack Library for the use of their parking lot and their free WiFi where Abby leads the program! Click here to register.

 

  • Virtual Story Hour: Saturdays, 11am-12pm. 1st and 3rd Saturdays, Pamela Badila of Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater performs simple folktales and leads the children to enact portions of them. On 2nd, 4th, and 5th (when applicable) Saturdays, Library assistant, Thea Ezinga, leads children and families is stories, rhymes, and games. Click here to register.

For more information on our virtual classes email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

VIRTUAL: Movement & Music w/ Abby Lappen!

NOTE: While the library is closed, Movement & Music will be offered virtually via Zoom video conferencing services.

Program Description: For the past two years, moms, dads and caregivers bring their tots (the program is for 0 – 5 years old)  to the library each week for Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families with Abby Lappen for an hour of books, songs, exercise and community. Abby involves adults and children in play, rhythm and discovery.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 10-11am on Zoom.

Registration: Click here to register for the sessions held on Zoom. For more information or assistance registering, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. Continue reading

First and Third Saturdays Story & Craft Hour w/ Mrs. Badila

Photo Credit: JD Urban

Program Description: Arts educator, writer, director, and performer Pamela Badila reads and tells traditional stories from around the world, with music and performance and a related craft.

Date/Time: 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 11am-12pm

Audience: Children of all ages and families. Continue reading

Second Saturday Story & Craft Hour w/ Robin Weber


Program Description: For the December Second Saturday Story & Craft Hour, children and families will make a snow person craft and read Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser. With Robin Weber, High Five! volunteer, and children’s librarian Janice Scali

UPDATE: This program is canceled as of March 2020 but will return for a special Mother’s Day gift making session Saturday, May 9, 2020, 11am-12pm 

Date/Time: Saturday, December 14, 11am-12pm

Audience: Ages 2–7 and families.

Children Can Make a Pillow at the Library!

Program Description: The Pillow Project  comes to the library! All children attending this program leave with a pillow they create themselves (no sewing, just cutting fabric strips with scissors!). The Pillow Project was founded by teenager Ella Gibbs who believes that children need and want a pillow to hug and comfort them. All of the materials needed to make a pillow are supplied by Ella at no cost. Participating children choose their own fleece fabrics, make and keep their own pillow.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 23/11am-1pm

Registration/Audience: This event is free and open to children of all ages (though younger ones will need help from their caregiver to create their pillow). Registration is preferred. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. Continue reading

Puppet Play & Craft w/ Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

Program Description: For a special library Story & Craft Hour, the Early Childhood teachers from the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School present, “Nkosnati and the Dragon: A South African Tale of Courage,” a puppet play for young children, with drumming, singing and a craft.

Time/Date: Saturday, March 23, 11am-12pm

Suggested Audience: Children from birth to 8 years old and their families.

Planting Activities for Young Gardeners w/ Greenport Garden Club

Program Description: Young gardeners will plant cuttings to make new plants,  plant seeds and design bouquets. All materials provided courtesy of the Greenport Garden Club, whose members will work with the youth.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 3, 2 – 3pm

Suggested Audience: 5 – 10 year olds

Pre-registration required. Continue reading

PuppeTree Presents: Swimmy/Swimmer

Swimmy/Swimmer
On Wednesday, July 8 at 11am, join us in welcoming Vermont’s PuppeTree to the library with a stunning new production of Leo Lionni’s classic children’s book Swimmy. This fully authorized multimedia production blends shadow puppets, animation and projections performed by the PuppeTree’s founder Ann Legunn. A visual and musical treat Swimmy features a classical music score that draws us into the undersea world and introduces children to lyrical work of Debussy.

The companion piece, Swimmer, is an original work inspired by Lionni’s wonderful story, set on a picturesque New England river. A young girl recognizes the threats to her beloved river and learns to organize the people that live along it’s banks to change their behavior and preserve the magic of the river. Swimmer boasts an original music score by Patrick Ross a fifth generation Vermont fiddler and composer. Visual artists, musicians, puppeteers and craftsman have worked over 3 years to bring this beautiful and inspiring show to life.

Swimmy/Swimmer is ideal for 3 – 12 year olds and their families. Priority seating for Summer Reading Program attendees.